For 40 years, the Amazon Biodiversity Center has been a lab for conservation scientists, a classroom for students, and an inspiration to world leaders to preserve robust, biodiverse ecosystems of the Amazon rainforest - the "lungs of the planet." 


The Amazon Biodiversity Center was founded in 2018 by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy to advance the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and conservation research and disseminate knowledge regarding the impact of human development and climate change on the diversity of the ecosystem, wildlife, and plant life of the Amazon.  We protect the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin by bridging the gap between conservation science and land management policy through two projects:

Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project: Scientists on our reserve near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil study Amazon Rainforest wildlife and ecosystems and the effects of human development and climate change on them. We work in cooperation with Brazil's National Institute for Amazon Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia; INPA).

Global Advocacy:  For 40 years, founder Thomas Lovejoy has lent his expertise and perspective to decision makers seeking guidance on how best to preserve biological diversity in the Amazon and in rainforests worldwide.

The Amazon Biodiversity Center is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 83-0572780).

"It's the most important ecological experiment ever done."

Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology,

Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University